Match 49 Oct 29: CSK win, and MI officially qualify

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and have opted to field first. Dhoni made it clear that they were testing their bench strength as they were out of the tournament. They made quite a few changes Faf, Tahir, and Monu were out; Watson, Lungi, and Karn made it into the 11. KKR also bought in an extra batsman in the form of Rinku Singh instead of Prasidh Krishna.

The tournament is over for CSK, but almost five other teams are cheering for CSK today so that their own respective teams have better chances of qualification. If KKR wins, they would vastly increase their chances of qualification. 

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KKR had an excellent start Gill and Rana played some fantastic shots and made their team reach 48 runs in the powerplay without any loss of wickets. Karn Sharma bowled Gill in the 8th over and slowed down the scoring rate a bit.

Wickets kept falling at one end was Rana continued to play his shots. At the end of 10 overs, they were 70/2. Rana was just striking at 100 until now but took off after this over. He ended up scoring 87 runs off 61 balls.

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With a few decent hits from Karthik, they reached 172/5 in their 20 overs. 

CSK’s chase

Watson opened alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad for CSK and gave CSK a decent start. They scored 44 in their powerplay. Chakravarthy dismissed Watson in the 8th over. Gaikwad kept going along with Rayudu and bought up the 100 in 12 overs. 

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At the 15 over point, CSK were favorites, but with a few good overs, KKR were back, and CSK needed 34 off the last three, and Sam Curran and Gaikwad were still there. Cummins bowled the 18th and gave only four runs and also took a crucial wicket of Gaikwad. Gaikwad scored 72 of 53 balls.

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With 30 needed from two, Ferguson started well and gave only three runs from the first three balls and then was hit for 17 runs of the last three balls, which included a no-ball.

Kamlesh came in to defend 10 of last and took it to the last two balls with seven required of last two; Jadeja finished it with two consecutive sixes. Gaikwad was declared Man of the match. 

This result meant that MI has now officially qualified for the playoffs, and all the other six teams other than CSK still have a chance to qualify. 

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